ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Edin Dzeko scored twice as Bosnia comfortably beat Liechtenstein 4-1 with a blitz of first-half goals Friday to stay ahead of group rival Greece and take a step closer to its first World Cup.
The Manchester City striker was picked out by Zvjezdan Misimovic in the 27th minute and headed across the goal to make it 1-0.
Liechtenstein goalkeeper Peter Jehle was beaten three more times in the next 12 minutes, with Misimovic and Vedad Ibisevic adding goals before Dzeko's powerful volley took Bosnia's tally to 29 goals in its last nine games. Nicolas Hasler pulled a goal back for the visitors in a lackluster second half in Zenica.
"We just had to wait for that first goal and then the others came quickly," Bosnia coach Safet Susic said. "I told the players at halftime that we'd done enough. ... Now everything is up to us. We're not looking at what Greece is doing."
Susic rested regular starters Senad Lulic, Haris Medunjanin, Miralem Pjanic in the second half.
Greece beat Slovakia 1-0 in Piraeus on an own goal from the visitors in the first half. Goalkeeper Jan Mucha carelessly controlled a pass backward from Martin Skrtel in the 44th minute and let the ball into the net.
In-form striker Costas Mitroglou missed two second-half chances for Greece which remained level with the Bosnians, with 22 points from nine matches but with a major goal scoring disadvantage in Group G.
The Bosnians travel to Lithuania for their final qualifier next Tuesday, while the Greeks host Liechtenstein.
Earlier Tuesday, Lithuania beat Baltic neighbor Latvia 2-0 in the group's other match in Vilnius, on goals from Fedor Cernych and Saulius Mikoliunas.